Choreographers turning actors and wielding the megaphone as well, is not something unusual in Tamil and Hindi cinema. Now, here is dance master Cool Jayanth joining the bandwagon! He began his career as an assistant to Prabhu Deva and Raju Sundaram — and later branched out with Kadhal Desam, which was lauded for AR Rahman’s music and dance numbers.
Having completed 800 films in multiple languages, Jayanth dons the greasepaint for Kozhi Raja and takes the onus of writing the story and screenplay besides directing it.
Talking to DC, Jayanth says, “I made the music video Chocolate Baby as a prelude to my debut directorial venture Kozhi Raja. I have also acted in the video alongside Manoj Bharathiraja, Navneetha and Geethanjali. It has shaped up well and gave me the confidence to go ahead with the direction of Kozhi Raja where the same cast is repeated. Thambi Ramaiah, Vijay Naik and Sona Nair are also part of it.”
The movie is about five petty thieves who go about cheating the people for their gains, with the plot also traversing why they turned out to be criminals initially.